Hi there Lil Luna readers, my name is Jourdan and I blog over at Little Yellow Barn. Today I wanted to share with you an easy & CHEAP way to spice up any window for about $8-$10. My husband and I just moved into an itty bitty home which didn’t have any window coverings. Of course we are on a budget so for the first few months we used bed sheets on all our windows to provide for privacy… can I get and AMEN, if you’ve been there! So, we needed a quick and inexpensive fix for our sheet issue. I found that you could buy VINYL ROLLER SHADES at Home depot for about $9, that meant I was able to put window coverings throughout my house for under $100 and that suited me just fine. You can select either LIGHT FILTERING or BLACKOUT shades. Home Depot will cut them to any size window for you.
To add a bit of style so that the shades weren’t such an eyesore, we glued fabric to one side.
spray adhesive strength 77
Choose a light weight fabric and cut it to size so that it overlaps the edges of the roller shade about 1 inch and that when the shade is drawn the fabric is long enough to reach the top of your window. Starch and iron the fabric so that it is wrinkle-free. Lay the fabric face up over the roller shade and align the fabric and shade. Start at the bottom of the shade and ROLL UP the fabric about 5 inches, spray the adhesive evenly, lay back down the fabric and press down on the fabric, smoothing out the surfaces. Now that the bottom of the shade is secure with a portion of the fabric, you can ROLL DOWN the top portion of the fabric and start gluing the rest of the piece to the shade. Spray the adhesive on in sections, smoothing out the fabric as you go.
Flip the entire shade over, glue and fold the edge to the back of the shade.
WARNING: Do not use anything stronger than the strength 77 adhesive, stronger glue will melt the vinyl.
Some of my larger windows had a hard time retracting because the fabric weighed the roller shade down too much. An alternative to gluing the fabric onto the entire length of the roller shade is to just cut the bottom of the roller shade so that THE WEIGHT/ “bottom rod” / long plastic insert is detached. Then glue or stitch the top of your fabric piece to the very bottom of the vinyl. Create a pocket for the “bottom rod” to slip into at the bottom of the your fabric piece. With this method there will only be a piece of fabric blocking out the sun and those peeping eyes, so choose a dark fabric.
Thanks for letting me share my project with you today, hope this project helps with your home budget. How have you saved a penny or two on your home projects? I love to hear about our reader’s DIYs, leave a comment or email me at [email protected]
I need to make some Simple Shades for a few rooms in the house and this tutorial makes it looks so easy!
Thank you, Jourdan!
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